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Managing a Household / Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 09, 2017, 04:56:38 AM »
Good Good Morning Ladies!! 

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Managing a Household / Re: Wed. Nov. 8, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 08, 2017, 01:22:03 PM »
Not much here either Alice!

Weight watchers as usual.  First meeting with our new leader. (other leader retired).  It was good, and I think will be a good fit for our group.  Walked outside.  It was a bit chilly, but by the time we got to 3 miles, we both were quite warm.  Lunched, and then I needed to run to Sam's club.  I had to get some cheerios.  Also picked up some jalapenos, and a cuddleduds base layer shirt.  Thought I was going to have to make a 2nd stop for Estroven tablets, but Sam's had those too, for a really decent price.  So one stop took care of it all!  I have been taking Black Kohosh to battle hot flashes, but lately it hasn't been enough.  So I am adding the Estroven hoping it provides relief.

Now I have been updating my hub's events list that he uses for his radio show, and for work.  It is an extensive list, and really needed to be updated.  This could keep me busy most of the rest of the day and evening. 

I started reading Ginger Zee's (Good Morning America) new book.  Her publisher sent a promo copy to hubs.  We have known her for a long time since she is from the area.  She is super sweet.  The book so far is interesting.  Funny to see mention of a lot people that we personally know.  Maybe that makes it more interesting for me.

So, I will keep working on the events list, and then read a little bit more.  Hubs is gone until late tomorrow, so I am on my own again.

Nothing much else happening here.  At least the sun in shining!
Would love to hear from anybody else who might stop by!  Even if it is just a quick hello!
Managing a Household / Wed. Nov. 8, 2017
« Last post by Alice on November 08, 2017, 07:56:58 AM »
Good morning, everyone.

A cold morning this morning but 48 degrees later today.

Nothing going on.

I'd love to read long listings of your day!

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
« Last post by Alice on November 07, 2017, 09:48:53 AM »
Hi Pam!

Yes, we're dealing with the same thing about walking and darkness falling fast. Hubby gets home at 5:20 and then dinner is ready and last night it was pitch black at 6 pm. We did a small walk around the block right after dinner but it was so dark and even with street lights I felt like we were not easily seen. I just don't know what to do since mornings aren't much better.

We had my favorite meal last night: mashed potatoes with cabbage mixed together and then smoked sausage pieces mixed in at the end. So good! With a dab of butter and to me this is total comfort food. But sadly, there isn't any leftovers. I really , really need to meal plan but I just don't what will sound good the night before. I do have a pound of ground beef thawing but no plans for what to do with it yet!

The cat has woken us up two nights in a row with her barfing. We just don't know what is wrong with her. She is geriatric age and the vet said that might just be a sign of old age and to give her soft food when this happens. I'll try it.

Not much more happening in my neck of the woods.

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 07, 2017, 08:05:20 AM »
Good Morning!

Looks like today will be a back to normal kind of day for me.  Yesterday was a friendship day.  My gf from HS came up and we spent the afternoon together.  We grabbed lunch, and then went to a movie.  Then we went out to a covered bridge to take a few photos.  After that we just came to my house and visited for a while.  She left to head home around 6.  It was a nice afternoon.

Today, it is back to normalcy.  Hubs has to leave this morning and be out of town for work until late Thursday, so I will be on my own as far as dinner, and anything else. 

My kitchen and downstairs bathroom could use a good once over.  I also want to get down to my pantry area in the basement and reorganize all of that stuff.  I can also take an inventory and know what I have and be able to menu plan better based on that.
Not sure if I will get to the pantry today or not, but at least it is on my list of projects to work on at some point.

The sun is shining, but I think it is rather cold out.  Still in the upper 30's right now.  I need to consider how to adjust my exercise goals for the winter months.  Thinking about doing more indoor walking workouts and possibly some yoga videos as well.  I need to work on balance and range of motion.  It is one thing that I think we lose with age, and I want to keep up on that before it can happen.

Tomorrow is my usual weight watchers, walking, lunch day, and then running a couple of errands while I am out.  Hoping we can walk outside.  I fear our days are numbered for outdoor walks unless we prepare and really dress for the weather.  I don't like being cold though, and plus, I have been having hot flashes more frequently, so dressing for winter, and then having a flash does not sound like a fun situation!!  ;)

Hope all of you are having a great day, and are feeling productive.
Would love to hear what all of you are up to!

Managing a Household / Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 07, 2017, 07:42:29 AM »
Good Morning Ladies!

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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 06, 2017, 09:06:55 AM »
Good morning Alice and any others who might pop in.

Had a nice weekend.  Kind of low key.  Hubs was out of town for work until yesterday afternoon.

Saturday I finally took the time to defrost my freezer in the garage.  A pain of a job, but so glad it is done.  Watched my Michigan State Spartans beat Penn State.  Kind of surprising, but so good!

Yesterday I went up to visit my parents.  I hadn't seen them in a bit, and the had gotten new floors and furniture, and my mom wanted me to see that, so I went up.  She had been going through a lot of photos and stuff, so I was able to get a lot of pictures of ancestors.  I think I now have photos of all of my great grandparents and a couple of great great grandparents.  I was happy to get those.

Today I am waiting on my friend to come visit.  She was suppose to come Friday, but got sick, so we switched to today.  Suppose to go to a movie, get lunch and just visit.  Will be good to see her!

Hope everyone has a great day! Would love to hear what you are all doing.
Managing a Household / Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
« Last post by Alice on November 06, 2017, 07:11:51 AM »
Good Morning!

Hoping you all had a nice weekend! It was a wet weekend for the most part. However, we did get our walk in every day!

I took Friday morning off for a pulmonary appt. because of a chronic cough last winter that lasted 5 to 6 months. I fortunately and thankfully don't have any lung issues. It seems to be more reflux related. Pills can help but diet changes can help. No caffeine, no chocolate, no spicy, no eating after 6 pm, no OJ or citrus. Hmmmm, I don't know what to do.

I then took the rest of the day off to go with my mom to take care of my sister in law. She is battling brain cancer and mom sits/cares for her every day but it is very long days for mom. So she asked me if I could come as often as I can on Fridays or Mondays. She has ladies from her church come Tues, Wed. and Thurs. but on one on Mon. or Fri.  It is really tough because my SIL is blind and her mental capacity has deteriorated to about the age of an 8 yr. old.

We were able to get our walk in on Fri. morning early, then Sat. morning early and Sun. afternoon at 4 pm.  All in between rain drops! Now we deal with darkness since the time changed. Not sure how we are going to deal with this.

We had some good meals at home this week though nothing special but just good. MIL had us over on Friday night since it was a long day that I wasn't home to make dinner. So she made chicken pot pie and had us over. That was so thoughtful. Other meals were a big pork roast that I cut up raw and divided into boneless sections to freeze and the bone cooked into a delicious broth that I made into a pork vegetable soup. The odd ends and pieces were made into a lo mein dish for Sunday. We are using Aldi's General Tsa sauce that is really good. I should go and buy a case of that stuff. The teriyaki sauce is good too.

Our dryer died last week and hubby tried to fix it but that didn't work so we called a repair man and he fixed it rather quickly. So that works nicely again. Not too bad of a price but we do budget for that kind of stuff.

Managing a Household / Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on November 03, 2017, 12:48:00 PM »
Good Afternoon whoever may stop by.

I am back after a lovely trip for our anniversary!  We went to the upper peninsular of Michigan from Saturday through yesterday.  It was so nice to have some time together.  It was quite cold up there, and on Halloween morning we woke up to about 4 inches of snow.  The sun was shining, so it was actually quite pretty.  We visited a couple of lighthouses as well.  There really wasn't much to do up there since a lot of places are closed until Spring now. 

Today my HS friend was suppose to come up and we were going to go to the art museum and to a movie, but she texted me this morning and said she had come down with a bug that had been going around her family.  We are hoping to do our day on Monday instead.  Hope she will feel up to it by then. 

I needed to go get groceries anyway, so I did that instead.  I have a pot of chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove now.  I need to really detox after all of the indulgences from our trip.  It sure will seem good to eat food that I make myself.  My body is not used to eating out so much. 

Hope everyone has had a good few days.  Seems like Alice has been a little lonely in here!  Hope to hear from a few more of you!

Managing a Household / Wednesday, November 1, 2017
« Last post by Alice on November 01, 2017, 03:48:35 PM »
Good Evening, already?

Where is everyone today?

Today at work my computer crashed all day long. The techy came at 3 pm so now I'll just wait to see what it's like tomorrow. When I got home from work I decided to get some leave cleaned up. But first I decided to try something new in my Instant Pot. I like frozen turkey loaves with the gravy (I'm sure they are terrible for me but I like them). I took it out of the aluminum pan and it fit perfectly in the bottom of my Instant Pot! I then added one cup of brown rice and one cup plus a a bit more of water. I set it for manual 30 and ran outside to do my yardwork. I put it in the IP from frozen state so it would be a test.

I came in after getting the yard work all done and it was in the "keeping warm" setting. I grabbed my instant read thermometer and it read 170 degrees which is five degrees more than what was required. We warmed up some corn and had a wonderful supper! Some strawberry jello fluff to go with it and we are so satisfied. I wish the aluminum pan would have fit so that the rice and roast would have been separate but this was good too.

Our dryer died last week and we only found out last night when I felt some clothing that someone put in there over the weekend and it was still wet and stinky. The dryer turns but no heat. Hubby tried to fix it today but the part he replaced wasn't the broken part. So tomorrow we will have a repair guy come in and hopefully he can fix it. I am not allowing this to stress me out. I am so used to hanging my laundry anyway so now I can just hang it inside. On a good day, it can still go outside to dry but I hope it gets fixed tomorrow.

I have been turning my furnace off as much as possible. When it's on it's too hot and when it's off it get's cold. I always struggle with this during the transition time.

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